Sprint lowers phone-as-a-modem pricing, but read the fine print

Sprint Nextel has announced a particularly enticing incentive for mobile data users, but at least one analyst is warning folks to read the fine print.

The operator, which is struggling to keep customers, has dramatically lowered its phone-as-a-modem add-on plan price from $50 to $15 per month. To get the plan, customers must own a PowerVision phone with laptop connection capabilities. However, Current Analysis says the plan comes with strict requirements. Because the phone-as-a-modem option is an add-on feature, the $15 plan is only available with certain data plans.

"The attachable plan must be bought in conjunction with any one of three domestic or two global data plans for PDAs/smartphones, customers still have to shell out $45-$85 a month (on top of a monthly voice plan) and it may still boost Sprint's overall revenues. Before this, PAM (phone-as-a-modem) was $49.99 standalone with no base plan requirements," Current Analysis said.

For more:
- read RCR Wireless News

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